Attachmentsby Rainbow Rowell Published 14 Apr 2011
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"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you..."
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now—reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers—not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained—and captivated—by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?
I AM GUSHING FROM THE CUTENESS
Buddyread with my big sister Rachel (who thought this was going to be boring-look who's laughing now. bahaha).
I don’t know who is more pathetic: characters leading pathetic lives or the reader who loved reading about these characters. I’m pretty sure it’s the latter although I could care less about what this says of me because I just inexplicably adore this novel. Many may disagree but I think the premise of this novel is completely original and IMO, the most creative plot yet in the four books of Ms. Rowell I have already read. Just a peek at the plot:
Set in the Year 1999, Lincoln has everything a 28 year old dude needs. He’s smart, cute, funny, earns a lot of money (didn’t mean for that to rhyme) but he has no sense of direction, completely aimless, a wanderer. He absolutely has no idea what to do with his life which is the reason he still lives with his mom. He lands a most unrewarding job, an internet security for a newspaper company and has to read to censure inappropriate e-messages sent by employees but instead of reproaching Jennifer and Beth for sending hilarious personal e-mails to each other, he starts enjoying their stories and here begins the cutest story/ies, some of which will end up being romantic but totally ship-worhty ! <3
It doesn’t have the most exciting introduction so for those who started this and decided not to finish because the beginning seemed dull, I suggest you give it another chance because if you read on, you will get to read genuine stories of the characters that feel so real, I feel like I could be one of them. The authenticity of their situation and dialogues that perfectly harmonize with the story’s setting made the novel completely adorable. It's at par with romantic 90s movies I adore like “While You Were Sleeping”, “Only You” and “You’ve Got Mail”. Just wonderful. <3 *sighs* I have a new favorite from Rainbow Rowell. <3
Happy Birthday, Jenny! Make the most out of your special day! <3
This was such a good book! It's one of those books that just makes you feel ridiculously happy. I'm glad that booksplosion chose it as the book of the month for May!
This book would have been sooo much better if not for the pathetic characters.
A 29 year old nerd who has multiple degrees, lives with his mom, plays dungeons and dragons on the weekend, is cripplingly awkward and hasn't been able to get over his high school sweetheart breakup for the past NINE years.... BUT WAIT! LINCOLN ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE THIS:
Ya.... I don't get it either.
Lincoln works as an internet cop. He snoops through people's emails and web histories, to make sure no one is slacking off during work... welcome to the 90's.
Obviously, this is not the funnest job in the world; which is how Lincoln ends up amusing himself by reading the explicit emails between coworkers and friends, Beth & Jennifer.
Jennifer is infinitely terrified of getting pregnant, yet she possibly wants to since Mitch, her husband, wants a baby. When she finally does get pregnant she whines about it all the time but you can tell deep down she's happy. It's like the girl that complains all the time about this one guy who keeps flirting with her although she will encourage him and is enjoying the attention. Just shut up and stop being bitter and lying to yourself.
Beth on the other hand, has been dating an intense and flaky musician for the past 9 years. She's dying to get married and have kids. However, Chris, the B.F. is not interested. Que some more female whining.
Lincoln falls for Beth through the emails she sends to Jen, although he's never met her.
We follow the characters through their pathetic lives and how they all get over themselves, grow some balls and make life changing decisions... finally.
It's a cute idea which was executed poorly in my opinion. The characters did not have to be disgustingly weak.
I did enjoy Beth and Jen's emails. They were witty and amusing. I also admire the author's decision of attempting a Chick Lit. from a man's POV. We have countless of Chick Lit's starring pathetic females. In this one we have a pathetic male instead.
Interesting, yet not fulfilling.
This romance contemporary was creepy. Not cute. It felt like I was reading YA, not Adult and it was literally one step away from You by Caroline Kepnes.
The main character is basically described as a “loser”. He's 28, plays D&D, has no social skills, lives with his mom and has never gotten over his high school sweetheart... BUT WAIT he’s actually tall, muscular, hot and has multiple degrees!!!! Right.
I honestly don’t understand the hype.
With a few changes it could have easily been a thriller/horror book!
I had attempted to read this book a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn't feeling it and gave up after 40 pages. Man, am I happy that I gave it a second chance! This was so dang cute and surprisingly not cheesy despite the plot sounding like a total cheese-fest. I love how this wasn't just an adorable slow-building romance, but it also follows Lincoln and his difficulties with growing up and moving on. Definitely read this if you are a fan of Rainbow Rowell's other novels or romantic comedies!